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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Data fata  to  De profundis
  Data fata secutus—Following what is decreed by fate.    Motto.  3252
  Dat Deus immiti cornua curta bovi—God gives the vicious ox short horns.    Proverb.  3253
  Dà tempo al tempo—Give time to time.    Italian Proverb.  3254
  Date obolum Belisario—Give a mite to Belisarius!  3255
  Dat Galenus opes, dat Justinianus honores / Sed Moses sacco cogitur ire pedes—Galen gives wealth, Justinian honours, but Moses must go afoot with a beggar’s wallet.  3256
  Dat inania verba, / Dat sine mente sonum—He utters empty words; he utters sound without meaning.    Virgil.  3257
  Dat veniam corvis, vexat censura columbas—He pardons the ravens, but visits with censure the doves.    Juvenal.  3258
  Daub yourself with honey, and you’ll be covered with flies.    Proverb.  3259
  Dauer un Wechsel—Persistence in change.    Goethe.  3260
  Da veniam lacrymis—forgive these tears.  3261
  Da ventura a tu hijo, y echa lo en el mar—Give your son luck and then throw him into the sea.    Spanish Proverb.  3262
  Davus sum, non Œdipus—I am a plain man, and no Œdipus (who solved the riddle of the Sphinx).    Terence.  3263
  Dawted dochters mak’ dawly wives—i.e., petted daughters make slovenly wives.    Scotch Proverb.  3264
  Day follows the murkiest night; and when the time comes, the latest fruits also ripen.    Schiller.  3265
  Day is driven on by day, and the new moons hasten to their wane.    Smart, from Horace.  3266
  Daylight will come, though the cock does not crow.    Danish Proverb.  3267
  Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.    Bible.  3268
  De adel der ziel is meer waardig dan de adel des geslachts—Nobility of soul is more honourable than nobility by birth.    Dutch Proverb.  3269
  Dead men open living men’s eyes.    Spanish Proverb.  3270
  Dead scandals form good subjects for dissection.    Byron.  3271
  De alieno largitor, et sui restrictor—Lavish of what is another’s, tenacious of his own.    Cicero.  3272
  Deal mildly with his youth; / For young hot colts, being raged, do rage the more.    Richard II., ii. 1.  3273
  Deal so plainly with man and woman as to constrain the utmost sincerity and destroy all hope of trifling with you.    Emerson.  3274
  Dear is cheap, and cheap is dear.    Portuguese Proverb.  3275
  Dear son of memory, great heir of fame.    Milton on Shakespeare.  3276
  Death and life are in the power of the tongue.    Bible.  3277
  Death-bed repentance is sowing seed at Martinmas.    Gaelic Proverb.  3278
  Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.    Bp. Hall.  3279
  Death but supplies the oil for the inextinguishable lamp of life.    Coleridge.  3280
  Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.    Donne.  3281
  Death finds us ’mid our playthings—snatches us, / As a cross nurse might do a wayward child, / From all our toys and baubles.    Old Play.  3282
  Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.    Jean Paul.  3283
  Death is a black camel that kneels at every man’s door.    Turkish Proverb.  3284
  Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man eternity is seen looking through time.    Goethe.  3285
  Death is a fearful thing.    Meas. for Meas., iii. 1.  3286
  Death is a friend of ours, and he who is not ready to entertain him is not at home.    Bacon.  3287
  Death is but another phasis of life, which also is awful, fearful, and wonderful, reaching to heaven and hell.    Carlyle.  3288
  Death is but a word to us. Our own experience alone can teach us the real meaning of the word.    W. von Humboldt.  3289
  Death is but what the haughty brave, / The weak must bear, the wretch must crave.    Byron.  3290
  Death is sure / To those that stay and those that roam.    Tennyson.  3291
  Death is the only physician, the shadow of his valley the only journeying that will cure us of age and the gathering fatigue of years.    George Eliot.  3292
  Death is the quiet haven of us all.    Wordsworth.  3293
  Death is the tyrant of the imagination.    Barry Cornwall.  3294
  Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.    Seneca.  3295
  Death joins us to the great majority; / ’Tis to be borne to Platos and to Cæsars; / ’Tis to be great for ever; / ’Tis pleasure, ’tis ambition, then, to die.    Young.  3296
  Death lays his icy hand on kings.    Shirley.  3297
  Death levels all distinctions.  3298
  Death lies on her, like an untimely frost, / Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.    Romeo and Juliet, iv. 5.  3299
  Death may expiate faults, but it does not repair them.    Napoleon.  3300
  Death opens the gate of fame, and shuts the gate of envy after it.    Sterne, after Bacon.  3301
  Death pays all debts.    Proverb.  3302
  Death puts an end to all rivalship and competition. The dead can boast no advantage over us, nor can we triumph over them.    Hazlitt.  3303
  Death rides in every passing breeze, / He lurks in every flower.    Heber.  3304
  Death’s but a path that must be trod, / If man would ever pass to God.    Parnell.  3305
  Death shuns the wretch who fain the blow would meet.    Byron.  3306
  Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, / And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.    Byron.  3307
  Death stands behind the young man’s back, before the old man’s face.    T. Adams.  3308
  Death treads in pleasure’s footsteps round the world.    Young.  3309
  Death will have his day.    Richard II., iii. 2.  3310
  De auditu—By hearsay.  3311
  Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine; the former angular, the latter circular and radiant of the underlying unity.    A. B. Alcott.  3312
  De beste zaak heeft nog een goed’ advocaat noodig—The best cause has need of a good pleader.    Dutch Proverb.  3313
  Debetis velle quæ velimus—You ought to wish as we wish.    Plautus.  3314
  De bonne grace—With good grace; willingly.    French.  3315
  De bonne lutte—By fair means.    French.  3316
  De bon vouloir servir le roy—To serve the king with good-will.    Motto.  3317
  Debt is the worst kind of poverty.    Proverb.  3318
  Debt is to a man what the serpent is to the bird; its eye fascinates, its breath poisons, its coil crushes both sinew and bone; its jaw is the pitiless grave.    Bulwer Lytton.  3319
  Debts make the cheeks black.    Arabian Proverb.  3320
  De calceo sollicitus, at pedem nihil curans—Anxious about the shoe, but careless about the foot.    Latin Proverb.  3321
  Deceit and falsehood, whatever conveniences they may for a time promise or produce, are, in the sum of life, obstacles to happiness.    Johnson.  3322
  Deceit is a game played only by small minds.    Corneille.  3323
  Decency is the least of all laws, yet it is the one which is the most strictly observed.    La Rochefoucauld.  3324
  Deceptio visus—Optical illusion.  3325
  Decet affectus animi neque se nimium erigere nec subjicere serviliter—We ought to allow the affections of the mind to be neither too much elated nor abjectly depressed.    Cicero.  3326
  Decet imperatorem stantem mori—An emperor ought to die at his post (lit. standing).    Vespasian.  3327
  Decet patriam nobis cariorem esse quam nosmetipsos—Our country ought to be dearer to us than ourselves.    Cicero.  3328
  Decet verecundum esse adolescentem—It becomes a young man to be modest.    Plautus.  3329
  Decies repetita placebit—Ten times repeated, it will still please.    Horace.  3330
  Decipimur specie recti—We are deceived by the semblance of rectitude.    Horace.  3331
  Decipit / Frons prima multos—First appearances deceive many.  3332
  Decision and perseverance are the noblest qualities of man.    Goethe.  3333
  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done.    Bible.  3334
  Decori decus addit avito—He adds honour to the honour of his ancestors.    Motto.  3335
  Decorum ab honesto non potest separari—Propriety cannot be sundered from what is honourable.    Cicero.  3336
  De court plaisir, long repentir—A short pleasure, a long penance.    French.  3337
  Decrevi—I have decreed.    Motto.  3338
  Decus et tutamen—An honour and defence.    Motto.  3339
  Dedecet philosophum abjicere animum—It does not beseem a philosopher to be dejected.    Cicero.  3340
  De die in diem—From day to day.  3341
  Dedimus potestatem—We have given power.    Law.  3342
  Dediscit animus sero quod didicit diu—The mind is slow in unlearning what it has been long learning.    Seneca.  3343
  Deeds survive the doers.    Horace Mann.  3344
  Deep calleth unto deep.    Bible.  3345
  Deep insight will always, like Nature, ultimate its thought in a thing.    Emerson.  3346
  Deep in the frozen regions of the north, / A goddess violated brought thee forth, / immortal liberty.    Smollett.  3347
  Deep on his front engraven / Deliberation sat, and public care.    Milton.  3348
  Deep subtle wits, / In truth, are master spirits in the world.    Joanna Baillie.  3349
  Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.    Alfieri.  3350
  Deep vers’d in books, and shallow in himself.    Milton.  3351
  De ezels dragen de haver, en de paarden eten die—Asses fetch the oats and horses eat them.    Dutch Proverb.  3352
  De facto—In point of fact.  3353
  Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.    Ward Beecher.  3354
  Defeat is nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better.    Wendell Phillips.  3355
  Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perception.    Emerson.  3356
  Defectio virium adolescentiæ vitiis efficitur sæpius quam senectutis—Loss of strength is more frequently due to the faults of youth than of old age.    Cicero.  3357
  Defendit numerus junctæque umbone phalanges—Their numbers protect them and their compact array.    Juvenal.  3358
  Defend me, common sense, say I, / From reveries so airy, from the toil / Of dropping buckets into empty wells, / And growing old with drawing nothing up.    Cowper.  3359
  Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.    Maréchal Villars.  3360
  Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.    Shenstone.  3361
  Defer no time; / Delays have dangerous ends.    1 Henry VI., iii. 2.  3362
  Defer not the least virtue; life’s poor span / Make not an ell, by trifling in thy woe. / If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains; / If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.    George Herbert.  3363
  Defer not till to-morrow to be wise, / To-morrow’s sun to thee may never rise.    Congreve.  3364
  Deficiunt vires—Ability is wanting.  3365
  Defienda me Dios de my—God defend me from myself.    Spanish Proverb.  3366
  Definition of words has been commonly called a mere exercise of grammarians; but when we come to consider the innumerable evils men have inflicted on each other from mistaking the meaning of words, the exercise of definition certainly begins to assume rather a more dignified aspect.    Sydney Smith.  3367
  Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time / Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, / And that so lamely and unfashionable, / That dogs bark at me as I halt by them.    Richard III., i. 1.  3368
  Deformity is daring; it is its essence to overtake mankind by heart and soul, and make itself the equal, ay, the superior of the rest.    Byron.  3369
  De fumo in flammam—Out of the frying-pan into the fire.    Proverb.  3370
  Dégagé—Free and unrestrained.    French.  3371
  De gaieté de cœur—In gaiety of heart; sportively; wantonly.    French.  3372
  Degeneres animos timor arguit—Fear is proof of a low-born soul.    Virgil.  3373
  Degli uomini si può dire questo generalmente che sieno ingrate, volubili simulatori, fuggitori pericoli, cupidi di guadagno—Of mankind we may say in general that they are ungrateful, fickle, hypocritical, intent on a whole skin and greedy of gain.    Machiavelli.  3374
  Degrees infinite of lustre there must always be, but the weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him, and which, worthily used, will be a gift also to his race for ever.    Ruskin.  3375
  De gustibus non disputandum—There is no disputing about tastes.  3376
  De hambre a nadie vi morir, de mucho comer a cien mil—I never saw a man die of hunger, but thousands die of overfeeding.    Spanish Proverb.  3377
  De haute lutte—By main force.    French.  3378
  De hoc multi multa, omnes aliquid, nemo satis—Of this many have said many things, all something, no one enough.  3379
  Dei gratia—By the grace of God.  3380
  Dei jussu non unquam credita Teneris—Fated she (i.e., Cassandra) never to be believed by her Trojan countrymen.    Virgil.  3381
  Deil stick pride, for my dog deed o’d.    Scotch Proverb.  3382
  Deil tak’ the hin’most! on they drive, / Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve / Are bent like drums, / And auld guid man maist like to rive / “Bethankit” hums.    Burns.  3383
  Dein Auge kann die Welt trüb’ oder hell dir machen; / Wie du sie ansiehst, wird sie weinen oder lachen—Thy eye can make the world dark or bright for thee; as thou look’st on it, it will weep or laugh.    Rückert.  3384
  De industria—Purposely.  3385
  De integro—Over again; anew.  3386
  [Greek]—We must bear what the gods lay on us.  3387
  Dei plena sunt omnia—All things are full of God.    Cicero.  3388
  Déjeûner à la fourchette—A meat breakfast.    French.  3389
  De jure—By right.  3390
  De kleine dieven hangt men, de groote laat men loopen—We hang little thieves and let great ones off.    Dutch Proverb.  3391
  Del agua mansa me libre Dios; que de la recia me guardaré yo—From smooth water God guard me; from rough, I can guard myself.    Spanish Proverb.  3392
  De lana caprina—About goat’s wool, i.e., a worthless matter.  3393
  Delay has always been injurious to those who are ready.    Lucan.  3394
  Delay in vengeance gives a heavier blow.    J. Ford.  3395
  Delay of justice is injustice.    Landor.  3396
  Delectando pariterque monendo—By pleasing as well as instructing.    Horace.  3397
  Delenda est Carthago—Carthage must be destroyed.    Cato Major.  3398
  Del giudizio, ognun ne vende—Of judgment every one has some to sell.    Italian Proverb.  3399
  Deliberando sæpe perit occasio—An opportunity is often lost through deliberation.    Publius Syrus.  3400
  Deliberandum est diu quod statuendum est semel—We must take time for deliberation, where we have to determine once for all.    Publius Syrus.  3401
  Deliberate treachery entails punishment upon the traitor.    Junius.  3402
  Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.    Colton.  3403
  Deliberat Roma, perit Saguntum—While Rome deliberates, Saguntum perishes.    Proverb.  3404
  Delicacy is to the affections what grace is to the beauty.    Degerando.  3405
  Delicacy of taste has the same effect as delicacy of passion; it enlarges the sphere both of our happiness and misery, and makes us sensible to pain as well as pleasures, which escape the rest of mankind.    Hume.  3406
  Deliciæ illepidæ atque inelegantes—Unmannerly and inelegant pleasures.    Catullus.  3407
  Deligas tantum quem diligas—Choose only him whom you love.  3408
  Delightful task! to rear the tender thought, / To teach the young idea how to shoot.    Thomson.  3409
  Deliramenta doctrinæ—The crazy absurdities of learned men.    Law.  3410
  Delirant reges, plectuntur Achivi—Whatsoever devilry kings do, the Greeks must pay the piper.    Horace.  3411
  Deliriums are dreams not rounded with a sleep.    Jean Paul.  3412
  Deliverer, God hath appointed thee to free the oppressed and crush the oppressor.    Bryant.  3413
  Dell’ albero non si giudica dalla scorza—You can’t judge of a tree by its bark.    Italian Proverb.  3414
  De loin c’est quelque chose, et de près ce n’est rien—At a distance it is something, at hand nothing.    La Fontaine.  3415
  Delphinum sylvis appingit, fluctibus aprum—He paints a porpoise in the woods, a boar amidst the waves.    Horace.  3416
  De lunatico inquirendo—To inquire into a man’s state of mind.  3417
  Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less because they are universal.    Burke.  3418
  Delusion may triumph, but the triumphs of delusion are but for a day.    Macaulay.  3419
  Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.    Bovee.  3420
  Delusive ideas are the motives of the greatest part of mankind, and a heated imagination the power by which their actions are incited. The world in the eye of a philosopher may be said to be a large madhouse.    Mackenzie.  3421
  Del vero s’adira l’uomo—It is the truth that irritates a man.    Italian Proverb.  3422
  De mal en pis—From bad to worse.    French.  3423
  De male quæsitis vix gaudet tertius hæres—A third heir seldom enjoys what is dishonestly acquired.    Juvenal.  3424
  Demean thyself more warily in thy study than in the street. If thy public actions have a hundred witnesses, thy private have a thousand.    Quarles.  3425
  De medietate linguæ—Of a moiety of languages, i.e., foreign jurymen.    Law.  3426
  Dem Esel träumet von Disteln—When the ass dreams, it is of thistles.    German Proverb.  3427
  Dem Glücklichen schlägt keine Stunde—When a man is happy he does not hear the clock strike.    German Proverb.  3428
  Dem harten Muss bequemt sich Will’ und Grille—To hard necessity one’s will and fancy (must) conform.    Goethe.  3429
  Dem Herlichsten, was auch der Geist empfangen, drängt Stoff sich an—Matter presses heavily on the noblest efforts of the spirit.    Goethe, in “Faust.”  3430
  Dem Hunde, wenn er gut gezogen / Wird selbst ein weiser Mann gewogen—Even a wise man will attach himself to the dog when he is well bred.    Goethe.  3431
  De minimis non curat lex—The law takes no notice of trifles.    Law.  3432
  Dem Menschen ist / Ein Mensch noch immer lieber als ein Engel—A man is ever dearer to man than an angel.    Lessing.  3433
  Democracies are prone to war, and war consumes them.    W. H. Seward.  3434
  Democracy has done a wrong to everything that is not first-rate.    Amiel.  3435
  Democracy is always the work of kings. Ashes, which in themselves are sterile, fertilise the land they are cast upon.    Landor.  3436
  Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-cancelling business, and gives in the long-run a net result of zero.    Carlyle.  3437
  Democracy is the healthful life-blood which circulates through the veins and arteries, which supports the system, but which ought never to appear externally, and as the mere blood itself.    Coleridge.  3438
  Democracy is the most powerful solvent of military organisation. The latter is founded on discipline; the former on the negation of discipline.    Renan.  3439
  De monte alto—From a lofty mountain.    Motto.  3440
  De mortuis nil nisi bonum (or bene)—Let nothing be said of the dead but what is favourable.  3441
  De motu proprio—From the suggestion of one’s own mind; spontaneously.  3442
  Dem thätigen Menschen kommt es darauf an, dass er das Rechte thue; ob das Rechte geschehe, soll ihn nicht kümmern—With the man of action the chief concern is that he do the right thing; the success of that ought not to trouble him.    Goethe.  3443
  Den Bösen sind sie los; die Bösen sind geblieben—They are rid of the Wicked One, (but) the wicked are still there.    Goethe.  3444
  De nihilo nihil, in nihilum nil posse reverti—From nothing is nothing, and nothing can be reduced to nothing.  3445
  Denique non omnes eadem mirantur amantque—All men do not admire and love the same things.    Horace.  3446
  Den Irrthum zu bekennen, schändet nicht—It is no disgrace to acknowledge an error.    R. Gutzkov.  3447
  Denken und Thun, Thun und Denken, das ist die Summe aller Weisheit von jeher anerkannt, von jeher geübt, nicht eingesehen von einem jeden—To think and act, to act and think, this is the sum of all the wisdom that has from the first been acknowledged and practised, though not understood by every one, i.e., (as added) the one must continually act and react on the other, like exhaling and inhaling, must correspond as question and answer.    Goethe.  3448
  Denke nur niemand, dass man auf ihn als den Heiland gewartet habe—Let no one imagine that he is the man the world has been waiting for as its deliverer.    Goethe.  3449
  Den leeren Schlauch bläst der Wind auf, / Den leeren Kopf der Dünkel—The empty bag is blown up with wind, the empty head with self-conceit.    Claudius.  3450
  Den Mantel nach dem Winde kehren—To trim one’s sails (lit. to turn one’s cloak) to the wind.    German Proverb.  3451
  Den Menschen Liebe, den Göttern Ehrfurcht—To men, affection; to gods, reverence.    Grillparzer.  3452
  Denn geschwätzig sind die Zeiten, / Und sie sind auch wieder stumm—For the times are babbly, and then again the times are dumb.    Goethe.  3453
  De non apparentibus, et non existentibus, eadem est ratio—Things which do not appear are to be treated as the same as those which do not exist.    Coke.  3454
  De novo—Anew.  3455
  Den Profit som kom seent, er bedre end aldeles ingen—The profit which comes late is better than none at all.    E. H. Vessel.  3456
  Den rechten Weg wirst nie vermissen, / Handle nur nach Gefühl und Gewissen—Wilt thou never miss the right way, thou hast only to act according to thy feeling and conscience.    Goethe.  3457
  Den schlecten Mann muss man verachten / Der nie bedacht was er vollbringt—We must spurn him as a worthless man who never applies his brains to what he is working at.    Schiller.  3458
  Dens theonina—A calumniating disposition (lit. tooth).  3459
  Deo adjuvante non timendum—God assisting, there is nothing to be feared.  3460
  Deoch an doris—The parting cup.    Gaelic.  3461
  Deo dante nil nocet invidia, et non dante, nil proficit labor—When God gives, envy injures us not; when He does not give, labour avails not.  3462
  Deo date—Give unto God.    Motto.  3463
  Deo duce, ferro comitante—God my guide, my sword my companion.    Motto.  3464
  Deo duce, fortuna comitante—God for guide, fortune for companion.    Motto.  3465
  Deo ducente—God guiding.    Motto.  3466
  Deo favente—With God’s favour.  3467
  Deo fidelis et regi—Faithful to God and the king.    Motto.  3468
  Deo gratias—Thanks to God.  3469
  Deo honor et gloria—To God the honour and glory.    Motto.  3470
  Deo ignoto—To the unknown God.  3471
  Deo juvante—With God’s help.  3472
  De omnibus rebus, et quibusdam aliis—About everything, and certain things else.  3473
  De omni re scibile et quibusdam aliis—On everything knowable and some other matters.  3474
  Deo, non fortuna—From God, not fortune.    Motto.  3475
  Deo, optimo maximo—To God, the best and greatest.    Motto.  3476
  Deo, patriæ, amicis—For God, country, and friends.    Motto.  3477
  Deo, regi, patriæ—To God, king, and country.    Motto.  3478
  Deo, regi, vicino—For God, king, and our neighbour.    Motto.  3479
  Deo, reipublicæ, amicis—To God, the state, and friends.    Motto.  3480
  Deorum cibus est—A feast fit for the gods.  3481
  De oui et non vient toute question—All disputation comes out of “Yes” and “No.”    French Proverb.  3482
  Deo volente—With God’s will.  3483
  Depart from the highway and transplant thyself in some enclosed ground; for it is hard for a tree that stands by the wayside to keep her fruit till it be ripe.    St. Chrysostom.  3484
  De paupertate tacentes / Plus poscente ferent—Those who say nothing of their poverty fare better than those who beg.    Horace.  3485
  De’ peccati de’ signori fanno penitenza i poveri—The poor do penance for the sins of the rich.    Italian Proverb.  3486
  Dependence goes somewhat against the grain of a generous mind; and it is no wonder, considering the unreasonable advantage which is often taken of the inequality of fortune.    Jeremy Collier.  3487
  Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity, and a greater incitement to tenderness and pity than any other motive whatsoever.    Addison.  3488
  Depend upon it, if a man talks of his misfortunes, there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.    Johnson.  3489
  De pilo, or de filo, pendet—It hangs by a hair.    Proverb.  3490
  De pis en pis—From worse to worse.    French.  3491
  De plano—With ease.  3492
  De præscientia Dei—Of the foreknowledge of God.  3493
  Deprendi miserum est—To be caught is a wretched experience.  3494
  Depressus extollor—Having been depressed, I am exalted.    Motto.  3495
  De profundis—Out of the depths.  3496


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